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Vallecito News
Posted 1/8/21

Upcoming Events

  • Jan 12: School Board Zoom Meeting (5:30)
  • Jan. 13: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Zoom Meeting (4:00)
  • Jan 15: Spirit Day: Wear Your Eagle Colors (Blue/Red) 
  • Jan. 18: MLK Holiday
  • Feb. 3: Home & School Club Meeting (9:15)
  • Feb 15-19: Mid Winter Recess
  • Mar 22-23: School Pictures

What a Week!


 We have endured a challenging year, made it through a uniquely different holiday season, and the children are back in class. It was FANTASTIC having all our kids back on campus this week.  The overwhelming sentiment shared by teachers and families was that "the kids are just so happy!"  One student told me "This was the best day of his whole long life." Spoken like a third-grader living through a pandemic.

This week was the culmination of an enormous amount of work and commitment by all. There is much to be grateful for. We expect, however, that our school will continue to experience the impact of the Coronavirus for months to come, and our community commitment to keeping schools safely open is more important now than ever. In partnership with the Marin County Public Health Department, we follow these COVID Scenario Protocols when notified of a student/staff member with symptoms, potential exposure, or confirmed positive COVID case.  


Vaccine Facts:


Latest Tier1 Documents:


Vallecito Return to In-Person Instruction Resources

VAL Entrance/ Exit by Class

Wave 4 Family Webinar Recording with Q&A

Vallecito Hybrid Video: First Day Details (Wave 3-4) 

 iPass Parent Letter (English)

iPass Parent Letter (Spanish)

Frequently Asked Questions

Marin COVID-19 School Decision Tree (Stay at Home Order)


Quarantine Protocols

Families who were unable to follow the Stay at Home Order must quarantine for 10-days following the activity they engaged in


A student may re-enter school on Day 7 with a negative test performed after day 5 (diagnostic molecular rt-pcr tests only) and remain asymptomatic. 


A student who must quarantine at home will receive asynchronous assignments through Google Classroom and/or communication from the teacher. Students absent for more than two consecutive days will receive a live check-in from staff. Absences should be reported to the office daily.





In-Person School Reminders

*To maintain social distance and cohort separation, every class has an assigned place for arrival/ dismissal.  Please allow yourself enough time to help your children get to the correct spot.

 VAL Entrance/ Exit by Class


*Parents must say goodbye to their children at the line and are not allowed inside the campus.  After you drop your child off, please exit the campus promptly.


*Tardy students check-in at the office.


*The bus lane is closed to all cars. Parents using the drop/off pick up lane stay inside their cars.


*No dogs on campus.


*Masks are worn at all times 




Unrest in Our Nation's Capital

I became aware of the events in Washington while facilitating our Wednesday staff meeting.  The information was trickling in and the teachers and I began to pick up our phones and check news sites. As grappled with the unfolding events, I experienced a unique mix of emotions...shock, sadness, anger, and then an overwhelming sense of purpose. The children in our care depend upon us to not only educate them, but to support their social and emotional well-being during this challenging time in our collective history.  This is deeply important work. Here are resources for schools and families.


11 Ways Schools Can Help Students Feel Safe in Challenging Times

Discussing Political Violence and Extremism with Young People


CareSolace - An online resource with a live 24/7 concierge to assist individuals in finding local mental health programs and counseling services.

Helping Children Cope

Having Difficult Conversations with your Child

Supporting Your Child's Mental Health

Friday, January 15 Eagle Spirit Day

Show your Eagle Pride next Friday! 

Wear blue/ red or your favorite Eagle gear to celebrate all the Eagles are back in the nest!


I just want to extend a warm appreciation to all who have already donated to the Family Giving Campaign during this unprecedented time. Your thoughtful financial contributions have supported so many aspects of our school, with Art, PE, and Technology really standing out to me at this moment. All three are of great importance, especially during this transition period. Imagining not having these resources, is hard. If you have not found the time to donate yet, click here and join the team and help us continue providing our students what they need for a balanced learning program.



From Our Health Specialist

The Amazing Kristen Geller


Click HERE for a video message from our Miller Creek School District Health Specialists.  A special "thank you" to Kristen Geller, Vallecito's own Health Specialist.



Crisis Go Safety iPass Daily Health Screening

  • The primary guardian listed in AERIES will receive a daily email (M-F @ 6:00 am) from CrisisGo called "Student Pre-Visit Certification".
  • This email provides you with a link to a health assessment questionnaire for your student.
  • If you have more than one student in the Miller Creek School District, you will receive one email per student.
  • Click the "Report" button to report your student's health status each morning.
  • In order to fill out the questionnaire accurately, you must first evaluate your child's health which includes taking his/her temperature.
  • It is very important that each family completes the questionnaire by 7:30 am every day, regardless of whether your student is in the AM or PM cohort. 
  • Please note that the CrisisGo health assessment questionnaire is not an attendance report, it is only a health status report, so if your student will be missing school for any reason, please call the office to report the absence. 
  • If your student is ill, keep your student home and we will advise you about the next steps when you call.
  • If your student comes to campus and his/her CrisisGo health survey has not been completed, the office will call you to obtain a health assessment and you will be asked to fill out the report online before your student will be allowed to go to class. Your student will also be assessed by the Health Specialist, including having his/her temperature taken.
  • Tip: Creating this new habit will be easier if you tie it to an existing morning ritual such as putting your laptop next to your bed and checking your email before you get up or checking your email with your first cup of coffee or right before you begin your morning workout.


All the safety videos, including a video about the Safety iPass/CrisisGo health verification, can be found on the district website here.








Parent Education Opportunities

Parent & School Community Racial Equity Series

Miller Creek School District hosted Dr. Watson as she engaged participants in the first of four parent seminars on racial equity. Participants were introduced to four agreements to utilize when talking about race:

  1. Commit to the cause
  2. Tell your truth
  3. Lean in to listen and learn
  4. Don’t dodge the discomfort
  5. Resist requiring resolution

Participants identified barriers that prevent open dialogue about race and viewed Being 12 an important video that amplifies the voices of children as they talk about race. Dr. Watson shared The Intersection, a tool that individuals can use when engaging in conversation about race to understand where oneself is and to recognize how others are entering a conversation.

Participants will read Detour Spotting by Jenna Olson in preparation for our next seminar which will be held via Zoom on February 2, from 6:00-7:30.


Want to join us? Register for the remaining three seminars by clicking here



Dr. Madeline Levine

Author of  Ready or Not



We invite you to join us for a virtual conversation with Dr. Madeline Levine, psychologist with over 35 years of experience as a clinician, consultant, educator and author.


Dr. Levine will be discussing her book and New York Times bestseller, The Price of Privilegewhich explores the reasons why teenagers are experiencing epidemic rates of emotional problems. Her current book, Ready or Not, focuses on how to best prepare our children and ourselves for an uncertain and rapidly changing world. Dr. Levine will include strategies and practices on how we can support our students during these unprecedented times.


We hope you can join us for one of the offered dates: January 26 or February 23, 2021 from 5:00 to 6:30PM.


Registration Link:


Link: Dr. Madeline Levine flyer




Professor Daniel Gilbert and "The Science of Happiness: What your Mother Didn't Tell You"

Thursday, January 21 | 5 pm | Free Online event 

Everyone has a theory about happiness—about what it is and where it can be found. But in the last 20 years, psychologists, economists, and neuroscientists have discovered that many of these theories are wrong. Daniel Gilbert, Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University will explain what scientists know about our often misguided quest for happiness.

Learn more



The Carl Hungerford Lecture Series at Marin Art and Garden Center



Carl Hungerford was intellectually engaged by a wide array of challenges to our social fabric. The Carl Hungerford Lecture Series honors Carl’s memory with presenting notable speakers who have thoughtful ideas about global current affairs and the stewardship of our planet.





Book Donation

Thank you to Sarah Scheider (Grayson and Hadley's mom) for arranging a donation of the book Binny's Diwali by Thirty Umrigar for each of our teachers.


We look forward to our work together on behalf of our students!

Thank you for those who have so generously supported Can Do! 

We are so grateful for your support during a time when our children need it the most! We wish you a wonderful start to the New Year!

Support our students while shopping! 

Check out these easy ways to help our schools.

Amazon Smile

Farm Fresh to You

United Markets

Sports Basement





From This Week's Can Do! Art Gallery


Need Support?

Take advantage of the Mental Health support services and resources through the Marin County Office of Education:

MCOE Mental Health Support & Resources



Free Tutoring Services

The Marin Equality in Education Program (MEEP) is providing free tutoring to families in need via high school students who are looking for community service. We are still looking to expand our network of students/families receiving free, virtual tutoring. The link to the website to sign up is below and you can also call (628)-226-8757 and leave a voicemail with your information.




Parents can access community flyers by visiting the Community Resources page on the Miller Creek School District website. 


Vallecito Elementary School

50 Nova Albion Way

San Rafael, CA. 94903

Front Office: Denise Tosti

Health Specialist: Kristen Geller

Principal: Elizabeth Foehr